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Sustainable solutions for the optimized use of material properties and new material functions

The Fraunhofer IWM is a research and development partner for industry and public contracting bodies concerning the topics of component and systems reliability, safety, durability and functionality. The Fraunhofer IWM’s »mechanics of materials« approach is used to identify weaknesses and defects in materials and components, determine their causes and develop solutions that lead to the safer use of components as well as the development of functional materials and resource efficient manufacturing processes.

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Range of services at the Fraunhofer IWM

  • Solutions to avoid and control defects, crack formation, deformation, fracture, failure, wear and fatigue in materials and components when taxed with mechanical, thermal, chemical or electrical loads
  • Material characterization, component testing, damage analyses, failure diagnosis and microstructural analysis
  • Materials modeling, process and component simulation on the atomic, microscopic and/or macroscopic scale
  • Surface layer assessment, coatings, tribology, functionalization, bio-surface and interfacial analysis
  • Process and material development

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Latest Fraunhofer IWM research news and reports

New microstructural model for long fiber reinforced thermoplastics (LFTs)

Fraunhofer IWM: Microstructural finite element model for LFT

(November 10, 2016) The automotive industry uses long fiber reinforced thermoplastics (LFTs) when manufacturing lightweight structural parts such as bumper brackets or door modules. Accurate simulation methods are needed to exploit their maximum lightweight potential ... [more]

3D printing: customized insoles for diabetes patients - Fraunhofer research news

Fraunhofer IWM: SLS produced 3D structures made of TPU for insoles

(November 02, 2016) Additive manufacturing - In the past, insoles for patients with diabetes were hand-made by orthopedic shoemakers. In the future, these specialist shoemakers will be able to produce insoles more cost-effectively thanks to new software and the use of 3D Printers ... [more]

EU project RAISELIFE to enhance the lifetime of materials for Concentrated Solar Power

solar thermal power plants, copyright DLR

(August 08, 2016) In Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants, the quality and durability of the employed functional materials have a high impact on the cost of the produced solar heat or electricity. Eleven European partners from the R&D sector, universities and industry affiliated ... [more]

Computational high-throughput screening finds hard magnets containing less rare earth elements

Fraunhofer IWM: Computational high-throughput screening finds hard magnets containing less rare earth elements

(May 25, 2016) Permanent magnets are very important for technologies of the future like electromobility and renewable energy, and rare earth elements (REE) are necessary for their manufacture. The Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Freiburg, Germany, has now ... [more]

Surface wetting – tracking down the causes of polar hydrophobicity

Fraunhofer IWM: Surface wetting

(May 12, 2016) The question of whether a liquid beads or adheres to a surface plays a role in almost all branches of industry. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Freiburg and ExxonMobil Research & Engineering in New Jersey ... [more]

Making sure that packaging is properly sealed - Fraunhofer research news

Fraunhofer IWM: Sealing bars fitted with thin-film sensors

(May 1, 2016) If food packaging or drug packaging is not properly sealed when the customer buys the product, it reflects poorly on the manufacturer. In the future, a thin-film temperature sensor will allow companies to carry out fast and reliable inline detection and rejection of packaging ... [more]

Improving dental hygiene products through virtual brushing - Fraunhofer Research News

Fraunhofer IWM: Improving dental hygiene products through virtual brushing

(March 1, 2016) Designing toothpastes and toothbrushes is a time-consuming process involving the production and testing of numerous samples. Using a new type of simulation, various parameters such as bristle shape and abrasive particle size ... [more]

Prof. Dr. Peter Gumbsch elected to join the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE)

Fraunhofer IWM: Prof. Dr. Peter Gumbsch

(Feb. 10, 2016) On February 8, 2016, Prof. Dr. Peter Gumbsch, head of the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Freiburg, Germany and Professor of Mechanics of Materials at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT, was elected for membership ... [more]

Grinding the hardest to reach places within a component

Fraunhofer IWM: Magnetorheological flow grinding

(Jan. 25, 2016) It’s long established that flow grinding can be utilized to grind and polish the inner surfaces of components such as corners and drill holes: a fluid containing grinding particles is pumped through the component. However, flow dead zones can arise ... [more]

Award worthy: Innovative modelling approach for efficiently designed copper connectors

Fraunhofer IWM: Material model for efficiently designed copper connectors

(Nov. 18, 2015) Manufacturers of copper connectors and other copper parts can now develop their products less expensively, more reliably and with a more durable design than was previously possible. This is made possible via a new material model ... [more]

Friction reduction and wear protection with graphene - Fraunhofer research news

Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM: Friction reduction and wear protection with graphene

(Sept. 30, 2015) Wear protection layers made of graphene are the thinnest coatings that can be affixed to a substrate. These ultra-thin, highly flexible coatings are of prime interest for microsystems technology and the processes that govern indentation, friction and wear need to be ... [more]

Shooting the ski slopes in spite of handicaps - Fraunhofer research news

Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM: Shooting the ski slopes in spite of handicaps

(Sept. 15, 2015) Skis for people with cognitive disabilities should be light, comfortable and customizable for different body types as well as adaptable to the handicap of the skier concerned. Project Snowstorm 2.0 is a consortium comprised of the Fraunhofer IWM, industry, ... [more]

19.-20. October 2015: Sustainability Summit 2015 in Freiburg

19.-20. October 2015: Sustainability Summit 2015 in Freiburg

(June 22, 2015) At the Sustainability Summit 2015 from October 19 – 20 at the Konzerthaus in Freiburg, we will jointly discuss major challenges of our time, like societal transformation, climate change and the future of our energy systems. Don’t miss this unique opportunity ... [more]

Precisely simulating the production of ceramic tape - Fraunhofer research news

Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM: Precisely simulating the production of ceramic tape

(June 01, 2015) Manufacturers of ceramic tape currently have to rely on their own experience when it comes to configuring the tape properties. But now a new combination of macroscopic and microscopic simulation is facilitating this process by predicting how ... [more]

Spray drying the precision particle under the virtual magnifying glass

Fraunhofer IWM: Spray drying the precision particle under the virtual magnifying glass

(May 06, 2015) Spray drying is a common manufacturing process, used in the production of ceramic granulate for technical components or dental prostheses as well as dissolvable medicinal substances, food additives and in the processing of milk into powder. Using ... [more]

Outstanding research of cracks and ruptures: knowing when the crack is dangerous

(April 23, 2015) Dr. Christoph Schweizer has received the silver badge of honor for his work in modeling thermomechanical alternating loads of metallic materials from the German Association for Materials Research and Testing (DVM). Schweizer, the group leader for ... [more]

Waves, folds and plastic flow: detecting the first signs of wear on metal surfaces

Fraunhofer IWM: Chip created on the surface of polycrystalline copper after scratching with a hard tip. Experiment and simulation.

(Dec. 16, 2014) A team of scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Freiburg shows which wear mechanisms take place on metal surfaces before the actual wear becomes apparent. These latest findings from the Fraunhofer IWM will be presented ... [more]

Liquid crystal lubricant - Fraunhofer research news

Fraunhofer IWM: Wissenschaftspreis des Stifterverbandes 2014 - Forschung im Verbund

(May 21, 2014) Thanks to a new lubricant, small gears can run with virtually no friction. Made from liquid crystalline fluid, these lubricants drastically reduce friction and wear. For this, Dr. Andreas Kailer und Dr. Tobias Amann and their project partners were awarded the prize ... [more]

Ceramic screws – corrosion and heat resistant - Fraunhofer research news

(April 30, 2014) Most screws are made of steel. But high temperatures or acidic environments take their toll on this otherwise stable material. The alternative is ceramic screws. Researchers can now accurately predict their stress resistance ... [more]

      

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